official flights to canada
Masked passengers criticized
08/22/2022, 11:10 pm
Photos of the flight of the German government delegation to Canada drew criticism. Because in the photos and videos, Minister Habek and the journalists accompanying him can be seen without masks. The government rejected the allegations: It is said that masks are not needed in Air Force flights.
During a visit to Canada by Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, there was criticism of footage aboard a government plane. Hebek and several journalists can be seen without masks. According to the federal government, this does not violate the rules of flight with the Bundeswehr Air Force: “There is no mask requirement on Air Force flights. All participants in the journey must present a current negative PCR test before commencement. This is a guarantee of a high level of security,” a government spokesman said.
On Sunday, more than 80 passengers, including 25 media representatives, were on board an Air Force Airbus A340 on a flight from Berlin to Montreal, Canada. Photos and an ARD video show Economics Minister Hebek and journalists together without mouth and nose protection. The condition for traveling with you was a negative PCR test not older than 24 hours at the time of departure.
Former CDU leader Armin Lasquet wrote Twitter, journalists and members of the government flouted “laws (which may be redundant, but valid)”. In October 2020, when he was the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia at the time, he was criticized for a photograph that showed him on a plane without a mask. A spokesperson said at the time that Laschet took off the mask for only a brief moment to eat and drink in accordance with AHA regulations and the airline’s specifications.
Criticism of “Patchwork of Rules”
Lufthansa also reported in a Twitter-Thread on word: “A negative PCR test does not exempt you from wearing a mask.” Georg Pazdersky, leader of the East Berlin AfD parliamentary group, criticized: “Why exactly do all passengers arriving and departing from Germany have to wear a mask, but Marie-Antoinette Habeck does not?”
Gordon Repinsky, deputy editor-in-chief of the portal “The Pioneer”, wrote that he considered the risk of infection on a flight, before which all occupants were PCR tested, to be minimal. “Does it still seem stupid when such pictures become public? Totally. This is another example of how a patchwork of rules only destroys trust.”
For airplanes – as well as for long-distance trains – a nationwide mask requirement for passengers and staff comes into force after several other coronavirus rules expire. They can only use air transport and long-distance public transport if they wear an FFP2 mask or medical mask during transport, as prescribed in Article 28b of the Infection Protection Act. Children below the age of six years are exempted from this liability. The mask can be removed only while eating and drinking.